Virtual travel experiences are the closest thing to actual travel adventures at the moment. While our suitcases and backpacks remain unused, we’ve discovered a plethora of travel experiences to enjoy from the comfort of your living room!
Small group walking tours
Take a virtual walking tour with a weekly series by G Adventures led by Chief Experience Officers. Each week a CEO leads a tour of up to 16 ‘travellers’ to a different location on a cross-country experience. Taking around one hour, travellers receive food/drink pairing recommendations in advance, meet the other participants in a live Zoom room, and can interact with their CEO in real time. The first departed for Italy and was hosted by local CEO Stefano Paris, including Venice, Tuscany and a football match. Future live virtual small group tours include Antigua in Guatemala, Buenos Aires, Cape Town and Hanoi.
Each walking tour utilises Google Maps and photos, with CEOs walking viewers around their city while sharing insider secrets, history and tips. G Adventures CEOs are the beating heart of trips with their enthusiasm, energy, experience and knowledge bringing destinations and cities to life even for virtual travellers.
Colorado from the Couch
The Hateful Eight
Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight was filmed in the wilderness outside of the Victorian-era hamlet of Telluride, Colorado. The location was an obvious choice for Tarantino to capture the cast on their quest to shelter from blizzard conditions atop a mountain, with Telluride’s annual snowfall average more than 8 metres.
If watching this film inspires you to pay the secluded ski spot a visit next winter season, drop by the Telluride Elks Park, where Tarantino and actor Samuel L. Jackson took part in a ceremonial burning of skis — a local ritual which takes place each winter to bring more snow. Check out the jaw-dropping scenery in the film now from your armchair, with The Hateful Eight streaming on Netflix.
Dumb and Dumber
Though the lovable Dumb and Dumber goofballs Lloyd and Harry (Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels) were portrayed hitting the ski slopes in Aspen, they actually went to the historic mountain town of Breckenridge to film the comedy. Breckenridge sits at a higher altitude than Aspen, ensuring more snow for the time of filming, with the duo’s arrival scene having them pull up on Main Street, Breckenridge.
Hotel scenes were filmed at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park – which was transformed into the ‘Danbury Hotel’ – the scene where Lloyd waited only to be stood up by his dream girl took place in the hotel’s Cascades Whiskey Bar. Harry’s meeting with Mary Swanson was filmed at the Copper Mountain Resort, located next to Breckenridge, where the famous scene of him getting his tongue stuck on a chair lift took place. Most of the transcontinental journey, the highways, fast-food joints and truck stops, were filmed around Fort Morgan on the eastern plains of Colorado.
Much of John Wayne’s Oscar-winning western film, True Grit, was set in and around Colorado’s mountain towns of Ouray and Ridgway, which still exude the Old West charm captured in the half-a-century old classic movie. Celebrating 50 years since its Australian release, a self-guided tour can take fans to locations both in the Western-style towns and to areas further into rural Colorado that were used in the shoot, with free Movie Locations guides available from the Visitors Centre.
Ten miles west of Ridgway on Last Dollar Road are the remains of the ranch of matriarch Mattie Ross (performed by Kim Darby in the movie), where John Wayne’s character, U.S. Marshal ‘Rooster’ Cogburn, jumped his horse over the fence at the end of the film. And to the East sits the aspen-lined valley of Katie’s Meadow – one of the most memorable scenes from True Grit. Other memorable buildings used include Ouray Courthouse for the courthouse scenes, the firehouse now survives as an artist studio, and the livery stable became the post office. After building an appetite, True Grit Café serves up ‘ranch to fork’ dishes surrounded by John Wayne memorabilia with views of the San Juan mountains.
Soak up South Pacific vibes
Even though New Caledonia is only two hours away from Brisbane, with this tropical paradise being temporarily out of reach, you can still soak up some French-influenced, frangipani-infused South Pacific vibes.
Slip into a sarong, mix up a mojito (or a sassy French Rose to channel the full French flavours) and imagine you’re sunning yourself on a beach beside a palm tree in a South Pacific paradise with some virtual reality escapism.
Got some VR Goggles? Enjoy this VR helicopter flight over the Heart of Voh, a natural heart-shaped formation on New Caledonia’s west coast.
Kayak the UNESCO World Heritage lagoons of New Caledonia and enjoy views of La Poule, a hen shaped rock formation. Can you see the bird??
Island hop through the spectacular Loyalty Islands where ridiculously blue ocean water wrap around palm tree-clad islands
And for something unique (especially for those who love music!), explore New Caledonia via its sounds! This music video created by Aussie group Crooked Colours is inspired by the sounds of New Caledonia. Enjoy!